Off-Site: Quimby’s Freakdom Anniversary Panel at Chicago Zine Fest!

12:00 pm

Yeah! We’re really milkin’ that Quimby’s 25th anniversary thing.   offers the community a way to engage and learn through a selection of workshops held during the expo, and they asked us to do a panel that celebrates the way Quimby’s has contributed to the zine community. How could we resist? So during the tabling exhibition of CZF we’ll be doing a Quimby’s panel (from noon-1pm) called “Ever Evolving Bastion of Freakdom: A Retrospective of Quimby’s,” taking it’s name from the oral history of the same title we published last year. The panel will feature a discussion (moderated by CZF co-organizer Alex Nall) with store founder Steven Svymbersky (and owner of Quimby’s Bookstore NYC), Quimby’s Bookstore Chicago store manager and zinester Liz Mason, with special guests, Neil Brideau (former employee and founder of Radiator Comics) and artist/photographer/Quimby’s regular customer Oscar Arriola. Come for a rousing discussion of how Quimby’s Bookstore got started, how it has evolved over the years, and how each panelist played a vital role in where it is today! Here’s the Facebook event invite for this panel to share it with all your peoples.

CZF’s tabling exhibition is Sat, May 6th at Plumbers Union Hall (1340 W Washington Blvd) – NOT AT QUIMBY’S. Quimby’s will have a table, yes! Here’s the list of other exhibitors, sponsors, and guests!

Note: this is NOT at Quimby’s. It is at the Plumbers Union Hall (1340 W Washington Blvd).

New Stuff This Week

Be Your Own Backing Band by Liz Prince (Silver Sprocket) $10.00 – A collection of comics about life through a punk-rock lens. Often humorous, sometimes poignant, and almost always embarrassing, these autobiographical stories are an essential addition to your LIZ-brary. Hilarious zines by Wizardskull, $10.00 each: Pussy, Gen Xtreme Toon Boners, Slimer Blowing Gum, SeX Files Go Fuck Myself by Mike Freiheit $6.00


Biff Boff Bam Sock #7 Stuff We Have From Cancer by Anna Jo Beck $5.00 – In the latest issue of Biff Boff Bam Sock, Anna Beck revisits her husband’s (and in many ways her own) recent battle with Cancer. Through a series of ink drawings of medical products, food supplements, and other necessary items which they accrued throughout their year long journey she touches on different aspects of what it was like to care for, and come to terms with this increasingly common struggle. -MC

Fuggles A Beer Zine #3 Win 17 by David Nilsen $3.50

Bookstores and Baseball 9th Inning $7.00 – What started out as a child planning a family vacation has now become a family tradition for David Labounty’s family. In Bookstores and Baseball, the author talks about exactly what it says on the tin. In the 9th Inning David, along with his now college-bound children, visits the renowned book providers, and diamonds of Texas and Alabama. Strap in and join this family tradition, and don’t distract the driver or he’ll turn this car around. -MC

Learn Arabic in 25 Years #1 Inshallah and Beyond Innocuous Arabic by Zora O’Neill $4.00

You Must Always Have a Secret Plan #9 $3.00


Comics from Cole Johnson, $3-$5: Of Course, Twigs and Stones, The Cartoonist, Never In a Million Years, Forgotten Melody At the Edge of Memory, Beige Floral Pattern

Sweet Spot by Amy Peltz $8.00

My Comic Life by Mark McGilberry $1.00


Loose 2016 by Michael Deforge $20.00 – A fantastic collection of sketchbook drawings from 2016.

All Dogs Are Dogs by Michael DeForge $3.00

2 books by Ron Rege Jr.!: What Parsifal Saw (Fantagraphics) $14.99, The Cartoon Utopia (Fantagraphics) $24.99

Double the goodness! Two beautiful new books in by Ron Rege Jr. #comics #ronregejr #fantagraphics #art #graphicnovel

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Audubon, On The Wings Of The World by Fabien Grolleau & Jérémie Royer (Nobrow) $22.95

Saga TPB vol 7 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples $14.99

Adventure Time vol 9 Brain Robbers $14.99

Take That, Adolf!: The Fighting Comic Books of the Second World War, edited by Mark Fertig (Fantagraphics) $29.99 – An oversized compilation of more than 500 stunningly restored comics covers published during World War II. a fascinating look at how legendary creators such as Joe Simon, Jack Kirby, Alex Schomburg, Will Eisner, and Lou Fine entertained millions of kids on the home front and buoyed the spirits of GIs fighting overseas by using Adolf Hitler as a punching bag.


Pain Center: The Novel by David G. Cookson $5.00

Hippies by Gary Gautier $10.99

Placement of Character by Brian Polk $15.00


Your Song Changed My Life: From Jimmy Page to St. Vincent, Smokey Robinson to Hozier, Thirty-Five Beloved Artists on Their Journey by Bob Boilen $16.99


Hi Fructose #43 New Contemporary Art Magazine $7.95

Tom Tom Magazine #29 Digital Issue $10.00

International Review #158 International Communist Current Spr 17 $3.00

Gentlewoman #15 Spr Sum 17 Sofia Coppola $15.99

Mojo #281 Apr 17 $10.99

Fresh Meat #8 Of The City $15.00

Tapas #11 Spr 17 Kyle McLachlan $19.99


On to the Next Dream by Paul Madonna $17.95

The First Line vol 19 #1 Spr 17 $4.00 – In the 58th issue of this literary journal, the premise remains the same: Nine Writers are given the same first line to a story, and the rest is up to them. Seeing way these stories branch out in infinitely disparate ways, even though they stem from the same 14 word sentence is always a treat. Pick a copy of today, and think of what you would do with that first line. -MC

PHD Comics’ Jorge Cham & Particle Physicist Daniel Whiteson talk what we don’t know about the universe at Quimby’s 5/18

7:00 pm

PHD Comics’ Jorge Cham and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson are experts at explaining things. Together they bring that expertise to a book about all the things we don’t know about the universe: WE HAVE NO IDEA: A GUIDE TO THE UNKNOWN UNIVERSE (Riverhead Books). You can think of WE HAVE NO IDEA as a handy guide the universe’s biggest unknowns. Cham and Whiteson have teamed up to spelunk through the enormous gaps in our cosmic knowledge armed with their popular infographics, cartoons, and highly entertaining and lucid explanations of science to explore some of the biggest unknowns in the universe. Why does the universe have a speed limit? What (or who) is attacking earth with tiny, super-fast particles? What exactly is Dark Matter? And for that matter…what is matter?

A delightful combination of comedy and cosmology that is as charming as it is informative.
—Zach Weinersmith, creator of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

“Accessible and hilarious (the two best things it is possible for a book to be), We Have No Idea not only explores WHAT we don’t know, but WHY we don’t know it.  You’d think that’d be plenty, but Cham and Whiteson also provide the most credible and up-to-date scientific explanations as to what some of the answers to these huge (and hugely important) questions might possibly be, PLUS puns.”
—Ryan North, author of Romeo and/or Juliet and To Be or Not To Be

In WE HAVE NO IDEA, Cham & Whiteson explore why a vast portion of our universe is still a mystery, and what a lot of smart people are doing to understand it. Along the way, and with over 400 incredible, original illustrations, they illuminate everything from quarks and neutrinos to gravitational waves and exploding black holes.

You may recognize Cham and Whiteson from their video about gravitational waves that went viral earlier this year, or from their individual careers. Jorge Cham is the creator of the popular online comic Piled Higher and Deeper, popularly known as PHD Comics and earned his PhD in robotics at Stanford. Daniel Whiteson is a professor of experimental particle physics at the University of California, Irvine, and a fellow of the American Physical Society. He conducts research using the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

Thurs, May 18th, 7pm – Free Event

For more info:
To interview Jorge & Daniel, contact: Al Guillen at aguillen(at)penguinrandomhouse(dot)com
Invite your friends with the Facebook event invite here!

Quimby’s Welcomes the Authors of Brick Through the Window: An Oral History of Punk Rock, New Wave & Noise In Milwaukee 4/29

7:00 pm

In late-1970s Milwaukee, a compact circle of locals drew from their city’s cultural heritage, as well as the examples of New York, London and Los Angeles, to embrace the new in the form of a dynamic punk rock scene.  Drawing on influences from 1960s garage rock and early ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll, Milwaukee punks created a formidable body of work.  A new book published by Brickboys/Splunge Communications, Inc., tells the story in the words of the pioneers and participants.

Brick Through the Window: An Oral History of Punk Rock, New Wave & Noise in Milwaukee, 1964-1984 chronicles a small number of people who made history in a setting that produced internationally recognized bands such as the Violent Femmes, Die Kreuzen, Plasticland and Oil Tasters. Original interviews with such visionaries as the late Mark Shurilla and Richard LaValliere tell stories of imagination, creativity, resourcefulness and sacrifice.  Compiled from hundreds of hours of interviews, Brick Through the Window brings vividly to life a short-lived period of creativity and excitement in a heartland American town that was home to a musical subculture more prolific and diverse than that of many larger cities.

And guess what? The last Saturday in April is Independent Bookstore Day (IBD), so enjoy it here with this extraordinary book! Click here for more info about taking the #MyChicagoBookstore challenge for an opportunity to get discounts on books!

For the men and women who created the world of music in Milwaukee, the most American of cities, this book is not just an important historical document; it’s critical.  Their story is told, and told well.  In interviews with the players, and fantastic photos, the adventures and misadventures are chronicled with more gusto than the beer that made Milwaukee famous.”  –Wayne Kramer, singer/guitarist/activist, founder, the MC5

Co-authors Steven Nodine and Eric Beaumont will celebrate the release of Brick Through the Window with a discussion and book signing, with recordings of music mentioned in the book.

For more info:


Invite your friends with the Facebook invite for this event!

Sat, April 29th, 7pm  –  Free Event

More info about Independent Bookstore Day here!

New Stuff This Week


Last Night at the Casino #12 Mar 17 by Billy $3.00

Absolute Hyperbole by Elora Williams $20.00

Great Catholics zine #1 by Matt Runkle $10.00

Allergy Season #3 by Tanner Ballengee $5.00

Manic Abstract Photo Zine $6.00

New stuff from Pioneers Press:
Donald Trump Almost Ate My Brain by Kurt Morris $4.00
Are You There Brian, It’s Me Moisturizer: Skincare For Spooky Kids by Julia Eff $3.00
Zine Design: Intro Tips for Comic Zines by Rayne Klar $2.50
Witch Tips For Spells or Whatever by Rayne Klar $5.00
Get Shit Done a Week Long To Do List and Planner $3.00
Gayzette #2 Women Loving Women an MHS GSA zine $3.00
Lady Bits: A Zine for Vagina Havers Anatomy Menstruation Birth Control by Rachel Rolseth $7.50
Endometriosis Its the End of the World As We Know It $2.00
Wherever We End Up a Pioneers Press Exclusive by Billy Roberts $1.00
Hex Your Ex: A Collection of Spells to Get Back At Or With That Fucker $5.00

Barely Legal #2 The Daily Drawings of a Law Firms Desk Jockey by Hannah Chavez $3.00 – The second installment! Post-it notes and lined paper filled with perfectly crude ball point pen drawings of melting eyeballs and existential pontifications. Chavez shares darkly humorous vignettes of the crushing monotony of the cubicle workers day to day experience. ~CH

Femme Frick Part 1 the Bare Beginning by Laramie Moser $3.00

Sonic Meditations by Ten Deep Listeners (Temporary Services) $6.00

CHIPRC zines $2.00 each
Spooky Comics #1 by CHIPRC Drink n Draw
Why Bother A CHIPRC Drawing Zine


Sugar Sweet Stars By Yuliya Kholodenko $5.00

Fifty Flip Experiment #19 Mar 17 by Dan Hill $6.00

I’m So Punk a Comic About Shitty Punk Boys by Caroline $4.50

Slang Pictorial #1 & #2 by Nick Prolix $4.99 each

Spectress #0 Preview Issue $3.00

Our Fair City comics, issues #1-#5 $10.00 each


A Treasury of XX Century Murder Compendium I: Including The Lindbergh Child, The Axe-Man of New Orleans, and Madison Square Tragedy by Rick Geary $27.99

The Interview by Manuele Fior $24.99 – Weird triangles appear, a group of young cult types, a psychic. What else could you ask for in Italy in the year 2048?

Fire!!: The Zora Neale Hurston Story by Peter Bagge $21.95

A Process of Drastically Reducing One’s Expectations by Gabby Schulz $14.99

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui $24.95

White and Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine by Mohammad Sabaaneh, with a Foreward by and Seth Tobocman $19.95

Nat Turner by Kyle Baker $18.95

The Draw Of Sport by Murray Olderman (Fantagraphics) $24.99


Weak Messages Create Bad Situations: A Manifesto by David Shrigley $35.00


Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas by Laura Sook Duncombe $26.99

Ugly Prey: An Innocent Woman and the Death Sentence That Scandalized Jazz Age Chicago by Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi $26.99


Bowie on Bowie: Interviews and Encounters with David Bowie by Sean Egan $18.99 – Now in soft cover.

Everybody Had an Ocean: Music and Mayhem in 1960s Los Angeles by William McKeen $26.99

Damn Son Where Did You Find This?: A Book about US Hiphop Mixtape Cover Art by Tobias Hansson and Michael Thorsby $40.00


Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America’s Origins to the Twenty-First Century by Geoffrey R. Stone $35.00

Against Doom: A Climate Insurgency Manual by Jeremy Brecher (PM Press) $12.95

Organizing Cools the Planet: Tools and Reflections on Navigating the Climate Crisis (PM Pamphlet) by Joshua Kahn Russell and Hilary Moore


Book of Mutter (Semiotext(e)/Native Agents) by Kate Zambreno $17.95


Bust #104 Apr May 17 $6.99


Fields Magazine #7 Spr Sum 17 $14.00

Ninth Letter vol 13 #2 Fall Win 16 $14.95

The Point #13 Win 17 Midwestworld A Contry Is A Country $14.99

Sobotka Literary Magazine #5 Fall Win 16 $10.00

Mighty Stranger by Daniel Pujol $10.00

Gutterboy Rides Again by CT McGaha $8.00


Meat Berlin Issue $20.00